Skip to comments.Iowa Trucking Company Owner Speaks Out About Alleged Human Trafficking Deaths in Texas
Posted on 07/25/2017 3:58:57 AM PDT by iowamark
SCHALLER, Iowa -- The owner of Pyle Transportation LLC., the trucking company whose trailer was used in a suspected human trafficking case out of Texas, says his company has nothing to do with the incident.
Brian Pyle, 34, says the last 48 hours have been hell, filled with online death threats, media inquiries and allegations.
"I saw it first on the news. I did a double take and I zoomed in. I was like, 'oh man.' Im 34 years old and grew up in this town, never in a million years did I think this could happen."
Pyle tells Channel 13, he sold the non - refrigerated box trailer in May. Last Monday, he hired, James Bradley Junior to deliver it from Schaller to Brownsville, Texas where it was to dropped off to its new owner last Friday. Pyle says he had worked on and off with Bradley Jr. for about five years. Bradley Jr. owned and his own truck but often helped deliver trailers.
"He brought his own truck, was hauling his own, bought his own fuel made his own decisions," says Pyle. " I never predicted he would do this. Never. He seemed like a nice guy but hindsight is 20/20."
Pyle says when Bradley Jr. drove to Iowa from Kentucky to pick up the trailer, he left his personal car on Pyle's lot. The owner, insists the trailer was not filled with undocumented immigrants at the time when the trailer was picked up in Iowa. He says he's heard of truck drivers smuggling people in trailers before but condemns the action.
The trucking company is a family business, in operation since 1950. Pyle took over the business from his father in 2005. The owner says the town has been supportive of his business but fears the social media backlash could hurt the future of his business.
The Schaller native says he has one major regret regarding the incident.
"It wasnt my trailer. The trailer was sold. If I would have taken my name off the trailer, you guys wouldnt be standing here ya know. It had nothing to do with me."
The Department of Homeland Security has been in contact with the transportation company to learn more about Bradley Jr.'s history.
I feel for this guy. It is wise to remove all identifying markings from any item one sells.
“Pyle tells Channel 13, he sold the non - refrigerated box trailer in May. “
Huh? The images I have seen show a trailer, of the van type, with a refer unit(at least the cover) clearly on it.
I believe this guy. I ran a terminal for a large trucking company for a few years. I had 106 trucks and 140 drivers out of my terminal and drivers were constantly trying to go into business for themselves on the side with our company trucks and trailers.
Along with our loads they were transporting both humans and drugs when they thought they could get away with it. I caught and jailed as many is I could turn in because this was my rear in the sling. But I’m sure there were many that got away with it despite my efforts.
“One passenger described a perilous journey that began in Mexico, telling investigators he and others crossed into the U.S. by raft, paying smugglers 12,500 Mexican pesos (about $700), an amount that also bought protection offered by the Zeta drug cartel.
They then walked until the next day and rode in a pickup truck to Laredo, where they were put aboard the tractor-trailer to be taken to San Antonio.”
This story doesn’t add up. He hired a guy in Kentucky to drive an empty trailer from Iowa to Brownsville, TX? He could load all kinds of Iowa freight to deliver anywhere in Texas first. And he says they do this a lot?
The trailer has a recent model Thermo King reefer on it and he’s calling it non-refrigerated? If the reefer is broken then it’s an even cheaper trailer to go through all this expense of deadheading.
Why is he in Laredo if he’s going to Brownsville? To get trailer washed at a blue beacon? There are several blue beacons in Texas. No one goes out of their way to go to Laredo.
How did he get past the border check between Laredo and San Antonio without the guards and dogs being alerted by all the dying people in the trailer? Why hasn’t border patrol confirmed that the trailer went through that checkpoint? They have all kinds of cameras and sensors. Is some government agency in on it?
100 people and their belongings would be about 20,000 lbs and the driver would know he wasn’t empty. That is about half of a full load.
Too much limited hangout and legitimate journalists are hard to find these days.
A very good idea.
Yep. That’s a reefer trailer with the unit from The Road King. They may men the cooling doesn’t work and it was sold as a non-reefer, which would seem common to do.
When I am down that way the guards let their dogs get a good sniff of my truck, going both north and south. They are not sniffing for drugs, but rather human sweat.
So, how could they miss this trailer? Smells fishy.
Yep. And the load would “shift’ as the people move around.
While it has been a long time, I once drove hogs to market. If the pot was half full, the dang things would move around and you would notice as you drove.
The faster we build the wall then more Mexican lives can be saved.
Remember the plumber that had his truck, trade-in, show up in the war zone as an ISIS gun truck?
Three mechanics and a forklift can mount a unit on a dry van box and have it ready to use in one 8 hour shift. I have done it many times.
Thousands of pick up trucks from the US get sold every year to overseas locations. In 1999 I was selling my 1988 Toyota pickup truck. I was contacted by to different guys that the first thing they asked me if it would pass inspection. I said yes of course. The first guy said OK and good bye. The second guy I asked why. He said, that he was specifically interested in Toyota and Nissan pickups to ship overseas. He sold them in central America. He said other people shipped them to Asia. They would buy the trucks that would not pass inspection here for about $1000. they would ship them overseas, repair them and sell them for $4000.
Shortly later the war in the Afghanistan with the Taliban broke out. All the Taliban were driving old Toyota, Nissan and Datsun pick up trucks.
That semi-trailer is a refrigerated unit.
Yep if it has the internals, compressor, coils, evaporated
etc installed in the housing compartment.
Lots of info we don’t have in this entire operation and event.
In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.
― Michael Crichton
Everything is unitized in one packaged “unit” that bolts on the front except the fuel tank, lines and monitor gauge set. To install one you just cut out the pull and push air port holes through the trailer front, bolt the unit in place on the outside, install the air duct shroud and overhead “chute” on the inside, then the tank and lines under the frame.
Thing is though... You have to have an insulated trailer to begin with before retrofitting. A couple trailer manufactures sell trailers that are insulated but sold as dry vans and can be retrofitted if needed later.
Ooh, I like that quote.
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